Colin McEnroe Show: The Healing Power Of Music

Music transforms us emotionally and physically.

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The idea that music can be medicine may strike some of you as woo-woo new age piffle. To a degree I had not understood until now, serious researchers all over the world as studying these connections and making astonishing breakthroughs.

One of the leaders is the Music and Neuroimaging Lab at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where a team of researchers is developing musical workarounds to treat stroke damage, Parkinson's disease and autism.

The Max Planck Institute for Brain Sciences in Leipzig and Sussex, England
has uncovered a connection between listening to cheerful music and the suppression of cortisol a damaging stress hormone and increased production of immunoglobulin A, an antibody in the immune system. At the University of Hawaii, eye surgery patients responded with improved vital signs to live classical music in the operating room.

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Music brought me back to life

When I was 15 I was hit by a car and in a coma for 3 weeks. The doctors all thought I was going to be in a vegetative state for the rest of my life. My family knew how much music meant to me and tried to make it part of my day everyday. After 3 weeks, I was awake but still unable to talk with my head drooping, wrists bent, eyes closed. One day I was being spoon fed by my mother and my father decided to bring in his guitar that I learned to play my first notes on. He put it in my arms with others in the room frowning at the gesture, thinking he was crazy. I lifted my head and unbent my wrists trying to tune the guitar - my mother dropped the cup of yogurt and ran to get the doctors. From that day the doctors had a meeting with my family and made music a big part of my healing process. Well, I was brought to the hospital by Lifestar on November, 22nd with predictions by the doctors in the weeks following of being mentally disabled - wheelchair bound for the rest of my life, and after music became the focus in my healing, I was an outpatient 2 months later on January 20th.

todd rundgren

I'm envious that you get to see this Todd/Healing show, on my birthday, no less. I saw it in St. Louis last September, and it's phenomenal. Don't miss a moment of it.

E-mail from Andrea

I use music in religious worship in Jewish and interfaith environments. I think that literally – breathing and vibrating at the same time – helps us feel part of something larger than ourselves. We get coordinated and aligned in a physical AND meta physical way that allows us to soften and allow higher influences in. This is healing in itself…